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Welcome to Mission #14 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
If your home is strewn with various lists, plans and contact info, then you’re gonna love this mission!
We’re about to create a ‘Household Notebook’ – a place for all those pieces of paper, ideas, and information.
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
If you’re new, you might like to start here: 52 Organizing Missions.
Get Organized Mission #14:
Organize Your Household Notebook
Step 1: Assemble Your Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3-ring binder (sturdier than a two-ring binder)
- 3-ring hole punch
- 12 tabbed dividers
- Label maker (if you want to make labels for the dividers)
- Paper for writing or printing lists
- The Emergency Contact List you completed last week in Get Organized Mission #13: Organize Your Emergency Contacts [With Free Emergency Phone Contact List]
Step 2: Collect Your *Important* Information
Collect the random bits of paper currently residing in your bag or briefcase, on your fridge, and under the take-out menus in your kitchen drawer.
Sort them into lists, contact info, resources, reminders, ideas, etc – but only if worth keeping. The rest can go into the recycle bin.
Step 3: Choose Your Categories
Decide on the categories that apply to your life. Write them on the tabbed dividers or make labels.
Home & Family Household Notebook
Here are the categories I suggest for a Home & Family Household Notebook.
- Family & Time Management
- Household Chores
- Shopping, Spending & Saving
- Meals & Healthy Living
- House / Apartment / Garden
- Vacations & Activities
- Birthdays, Christmas & Gifts
- Entertaining & Parties
- Computer & Internet
If you follow the links you’ll see titles of suggested Home & Family worksheets/forms that you might like to include in your Notebook.
Personal Household Notebook
Here are the categories I suggest for a Personal Household Notebook.
- Personal Development
- Health & Fitness
- Business & Career
- Fun & Recreation
- Technology & Social Media
- Personal Presentation
- Money & Finance
- Productivity & Time Management
If you follow the links you’ll see titles of suggested Personal worksheets/forms that you might like to include in your Notebook.
Step 4: Insert Your Papers & Worksheets
Hole punch the papers you decided to keep in Step 2, and file them under the appropriate category.
Then click on the category links above to see the titles of additional lists and worksheets to include in your Household Notebook. You’ll find hundreds of ideas for popular and useful lists to stimulate your thinking.
You can go low-tech and simply hand-write a heading on a page, or create your own printable version in Word. Or use mine!
Remember to include your completed Emergency Contact List from Get Organized Mission #13: Organize Your Emergency Contacts. I suggest you put this right at the front or right at the back of the binder so you can locate it fast.
Step 5: Put Your Household Notebook Somewhere Handy
Place your Household Notebook in a neat spot by the phone, on a kitchen counter or someplace else you’ll be able to see and refer to it easily and often.
If it goes in a cupboard or on a bookshelf – it’s all but useless.
If you like the look of the binder in the image for this post, you can download a cover and spine insert for your own Household Notebook. Download it by clicking the link below.
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Congratulations – you now have a home-management system to help organize all your day-to-day life stuff!
Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t feel that you have to organize everything in this 30 minutes. Just get your Household Notebook started, and you’ll have completed an extremely useful personal organization step. You can add to it over time.
- Do make sure you find a good home for your binder. The usefulness of your Household Notebook is proportional to its ease of access.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- Let the kids create their own Personal Notebooks. Give them each a binder and some tabbed dividers, and help them choose suitable categories for the bits and pieces they collect. It will keep their rooms tidier too!
- Be ruthless with your paperwork. Take this opportunity to recycle anything you won’t reasonably be able to use or action in the near future.
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.
Before You Go – Please Check In
Once you’ve completed this week’s Get Organized Mission please add a comment to let us know you’ve done your assignment and you’re keeping your commitment. To leave a comment: Scroll to the bottom of this post, where you’ll find a comment box waiting for you.
And see you back here next week!
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